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Aedes aegypti biting a human.

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Borrowed from Spanish mosquito (gnat), diminutive of mosca (fly), from Latin musca (fly), from Proto-Indo-European *mūs- (fly, stinging fly, gnat). Cognate with West Flemish meuzie (mosquito), dialectal Swedish mausa (mosquito), Lithuanian musė (a fly) and Sicilian muschitta (midge). See also midge.

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mosquito (plural mosquitos or mosquitoes)

  1. A small flying insect of the family Culicidae, the females of which bite humans and animals and suck blood, leaving an itching bump on the skin, and sometimes carrying diseases like malaria, dengue and yellow fever.
    Synonym: (US, informal) skeeter

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  • Cornish: moskito
  • Jamaican Creole: maskitta

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mosquito (third-person singular simple present mosquitos, present participle mosquitoing, simple past and past participle mosquitoed)

  1. To fly close to the ground, seemingly without a course.

Galician

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  • IPA(key): /mosˈkito/ [mos̺ˈki.t̪ʊ]
  • Rhymes: -ito
  • Hyphenation: mos‧qui‧to

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mosquito m (plural mosquitos)

  1. mosquito

Italian

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mosquito m (plural mosquiti)

  1. mosquito

Old Spanish

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From mosca, mosco (fly) +‎ -ito.

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mosquito m (plural mosquitos)

  1. diminutive of mosca; a mosquito.
    • c. 1250, Alfonso X, Lapidario, f. 107v:
      […] ſera aguardado del danno delos moſquitos. ⁊ de todas maneras de moſcas que seã pozonadas o mordedores. / Et eſto es mas deſcendiẽdo ſobreſta piedra la ũtud de fig̃a de moſq̃to, o de alguna deſtas otras moſcas que dixiemos.
      […] he will be kept from the harm of mosquitos and all manners of flies that are venomous or that bite. And this will happen more when over this stone descends the virtue of the figure of the mosquito, or that of another one of the flies we mentioned.

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From mosca +‎ -ito.

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  • Hyphenation: mos‧qui‧to

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mosquito m (plural mosquitos)

  1. mosquito
    Synonym: (regional) muriçoca

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Spanish

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Etymology

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From mosca +‎ -ito (diminutive suffix), or Old Spanish moquito. Cognate with Sicilian muschitta (midge).

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mosquito m (plural mosquitos)

  1. mosquito
    Synonyms: zancudo, (Mexico) moyote, cénzalo
  2. gnat
  3. (Mexico, colloquial) trimmer
  4. (literal) diminutive of mosco (small fly)

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